Jury selection begins in FELA case against CSX Transportation

Amelia Flood May 9, 2011, 10:00am


Jury selection continued past 2:30 p.m. in a case brought against CSX Transportation by a former train conductor under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA).

Hawkins is suing CSX for damages in excess of $100,000 and costs.

Hawkins alleges his employer failed to provide warnings and a safe work area while he worked as a train conductor on a CSX train traveling through bad weather in Kentucky.

The plaintiff alleges that downed power lines across part of the tracks caused the train to send him and other crew members flying forward and caused injuries to his shoulder.

He also claims that CSX is responsible for a repetitive stress condition he developed as the result of his work with the railroad.
CSX denies the claims.

The case's suit trial began at 9 a.m.

It will resume Tuesday morning.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis presides.

David Jones represents Hawkins.

James Bax represents the railroad according to the case file.

CSX won a verdict in another FELA suit tried last year.

The case is Madison case number 07-L-084.

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